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Nov 14, 2012

Sentia Media index: NSW Premier rates a media mention

NSW Premier Barry O'Farrell captured national headlines for his stance on child sexual abuse in the Catholic Church. Almost as many as Prince Charles, writes Sentia Media's John Chalmers.

New South Wales Premier Barry O’Farrell was shocked into action this week over claims of child sex abuse cover-ups in the Catholic Church, which led to Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s announcement of a full royal commission (brace yourselves — the Irish one lasted nine years). Our weekly measurement shows O’Farrell has rarely made the top three in media coverage despite presiding over the biggest state in the nation.

North of his border, things went south between Queensland Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney, Treasurer Tim Nicholls and Clive Palmer. The state MPs made headlines by suspending the mining magnate’s Liberal-National Party membership following his “strongly worded” criticism of the pair.

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  1. Edward James

    Barry O’Farrell acted out of political fear. Because of the groundswell of demands coming from victims and their supporters, after a father and victim killed himself because he could not stand the hurt anymore. Starting in the Maitland Newcastle area and being overtly supported by the Newcastle Herald.

    Do not forget. Victims of abuse have been banging on the doors of our political allsorts and Parliaments across Australia. As individuals and in groups for far too long! Consider “Charles” visitors and workers in NSW parliament have all seen him. He is now a frail old man who has protested outside our NSW Parliament for almost two decades with elected representatives and officers of the court walking past as if he is not there. Acting like what his signs expose is nothing of importance! This long overdue and very overt flurry of concern and activity for long suffering victims of pedophiles, by those very same people and political parties who have for the most part ignored our complaints and maintained an offensive yet effective barrier between unsupported abuse victims, our elected representatives and the church. Should be over sighted with suspicion, by those who have won this first battle with government for a Royal Commission because there have been many other enquiries and RCs which have not truly and effectively satisfied the victims by helping expose and lift their heavy burdens. How this Royal Commission plays out will be entirely up to those who have won the first battle (a promise of a Royal Commission) to keep going and have faith in themselves with the overt support of the wider community to achieve everything they are entitled too. Edward James

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